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Radford College was honoured to have Bishop Mark officially open the new Years 3 and 4 building, The Ridge, on Friday 7 June. The sun was shining, and the faces of the students beamed too as they waited for the event to begin.

Year 4 Students Eli Hezkial and Imogen Wallace did a fantastic job as MCs. They opened proceedings with an acknowledgement of the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which the building proudly stands. Radford appreciates the significance of our relationship with Gossan Hill and being united in living, learning and connecting.

The children sat engaged as Radford Principal Fiona Godfrey drew on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, telling the story of a school that wanted to make sure there was room for everyone. Mrs Godfrey spoke of the many wise people who came together to create the new building—made of bricks—and we were lucky to have a number of them in attendance at the opening. Radford Chairman Steve Baker spoke to students of his own fond memories of Years 3 and 4, as well as those of his children. Overwhelmingly, the recurring theme was about people — the wonderful teachers we learn from and the lasting friendships we make.

The Years 3 and 4 students sang an inspirational rendition of I am the Earth, which was met with widespread applause. The performance highlighted the considerable talents of the College’s music teachers and we are grateful for the energy, efforts and influence of Caroline Suthers and Bron Potter.

As he unveiled the plaque, Bishop Mark remarked on the beautiful natural environment surrounding the new learning space. His moving dedication honoured those who will work and learn in the building, wishing it to be a place of safety, joy and wonder for them.

Everyone knows that a good party often involves cake. The cutting of the official cake completed the ceremony, and was carried out by Pre-Kindergarten students, Naksh Yalamanchili and Peilin Luo, the youngest students in the College.

by Natalie Sweet, Communications Officer Radford College